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Gudrun Mertes-Frady

Gudrun Mertes-Frady credits her childhood as the daughter of two architects, one of whom taught at a school modeled after the Bauhaus, with the look of her mature paintings: restraint and control always n balance with an impulse toward lyricism, with an elegant...

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Assess the Excess

Suggestions for storing, selling, tossing, or giving away unwanted old work One of the saddest days of my life was the day I carted all my youthful paintings from my parents’ summer house to the dump in Montauk, NY, after selling the property in 2003. These included a...

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Fantasy Curating: “WHAT IF?” An inquiry

By Cia Foreman  Photography has a history of reflecting the desire to portray reality by documenting human life. From its beginnings in the early 19th century, portraiture and landscape became and remain primary subjects. The five artists included in this proposal...

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“Ninth Street Women”—a review

The Abstract Expressionist generation has gone down in history as mostly male and exceedingly macho. Jackson Pollock boozing it up and brawling at the Cedar Bar. Willem de Kooning slashing his way through that still-disturbing “Woman” series. Franz Kline bravely...

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Mila Dau

Two preoccupations have remained constant in the art of Mila Dau as it has unfolded in the last 25 years: a fascination with people and a love of architectural spaces, specifically the interiors of museums, here and in Europe. It seems inevitable that the two were...

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Jane Guthridge Makes an Installation

When Jeff and Stacy Robinson began to envision an installation that would fill a three-story atrium in their airy house in Denver, CO, they turned to Jane Guthridge. The collectors knew Guthridge’s work from exhibitions at the Space Gallery and were impressed with the...

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The ABC’s of Social Media

By Barbra Drizin Most clients who come to me have at least a passing familiarity with the major social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You may be posting, updating, and tweeting regularly, but until you understand how to maximize their...

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Bill Dolson

Through the middle of November, in a corner of Railyard Park known as the Rose Ramada, a strange light show teases the shrubbery just behind Site Santa Fe, the town’s cutting-edge venue for contemporary art. As visitors stroll through the circular grounds, bluish...

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The Value of an MFA

The degree has come under attack in recent years, but many say it's worth the investment. Just know what you're looking for—and consider a few alternatives. “MFA stands for yet another Mother-Fucking Artist,” declares one of the disgruntled students in a CalArts...

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Say It with Flowers: Part Two

More of nature’s bounty from the garden As mentioned in Part One, flowers simply never go out of fashion. Here are a dozen more artists who have found ways to put a fresh spin on a centuries-old subject. Peggy Klineman: “Living in New York City, I longed to be in...

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When Lee Krasner Met Piet Mondrian

Can you picture the austere Dutch modernist dancing barefoot? “Critic Clement Greenberg would describe Mondrian’s work as ‘passion mastered and cooled,’ and that described the artist as well. He had set up his studio in a Victorian house with curved arches, but in...

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Writing into the Gap

How to get a grip when a work of art leaves you almost speechless By Millicent Young It happened again. Within seconds: scalp tingling, forearms in goose bumps, the held breath released and then tears. I am in a gallery seeing Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work on a...

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Marietta Patricia Leis

Like many little girls, Marietta Patricia Leis first set her sights on becoming a ballerina. “At the age of seven I was entranced with wanting to be a ballet dancer,” she says. As a child in suburban East Orange, NJ, she studied dance every day after school, and...

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Farewell, My Brother

A Story of Family, Money, and "Cremains" On Friday, I mailed my dad’s ashes to my brother in Kansas, in time to reach him for his birthday this week. The box containing what’s left of my father has moved with me from place to place, ever since his death in February of...

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Say It with Flowers: Part One

Blooms, posies, blossom, and gardens will never go out of style About a year ago, somewhere on social media, I made the rather stupid observation that I thought flowers had become nonstarters as subjects for artists since the heyday of Georgia O’Keeffe. Elisabeth...

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